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8/1 Training Camp Practice Highlights

The Ravens had another competitive practice Thursday, and the defense and offense had plenty of banter back and forth throughout the day.

The offense took an early lead, but the defense finished strong and ended up winning the afternoon.

"Greatest comeback ever!" Terrell Suggs shouted near the end of practice.

Suggs was in rare form Thursday as he jawed with quarterback Joe Flacco, and here were some of the highlights from practice:

  •  Much has been made about the back-and-forth between Suggs and Flacco during training camp, and the two of them took center stage Thursday. They trash talked  for much of practice, and the best moment came near the end of the day when Suggs shouted across the field, "Don't be* *mad cause our swag is on 1,000 trillion." Flacco's retort was brilliant: "Then what's my swag on? I get paid more – a lot more!" 
  •  Suggs put a big hit on Alex Silvestro during one drill and knocked the tight end to the ground as he went out for a pass. After the play, Flacco told Suggs, "You're a punk for that."

  • The first-team offense struggled to move the ball during 11-on-11 drills, as the secondary had a very strong day. Cornerback Chykie Brown had a few pass breakups and Corey Graham also got his hands in on few passes to bat them down.
  •  Franchise cornerback Lardarius Webb notched his first interception of training camp. The pick came on a pass from Flacco to Deonte Thompson in the end zone during 7-on-7 drills. The Ravens have been easing Webb back into action and the interception was a good sign that he's headed in the right direction. His defensive teammates loved seeing him get the interception, as many of them came out on the field to congratulate him.
  •  "Why don't you cheer for the defense?" cornerback Jimmy Smith asked the fans when they let out a groan as  Flacco threw an interception. Smith got a good laugh out of the crowd and they started cheering for the defense a little more after that.
  • Second-year safety Omar Brown had the two best plays of the day, pulling in a pair of acrobatic interceptions. On both interceptions, he made instinctive plays and then had leaping grabs over the middle of the field. More plays like that and he will make a strong case to end up on the 53-man roster.
  •  Tight end Ed Dickson had another good day of practice and had a great catch over the middle of the field.  Recently-signed Visanthe Shiancoe is getting more involved in the passing game. He caught a few balls out in the flat and is starting to look more comfortable in the offense. Veteran Billy Bajema also had a good day. Bajema made a nice one-handed catch in the flat and then hauled in a tipped ball for a touchdown during 7-on-7 drills.
  • Linebacker Daryl Smith can run a little bit. He's known for his tackling and ability to defend the run, but he showed off some good coverage skills on the tight ends.
  • Right guard Marshal Yanda was out on the field watching practice. The Pro Bowler is still on the PUP list, but it was good to see him on the sidelines watching the team in action.
  • Undrafted rookie cornerback Moe Lee had a tough practice and got beat in coverage a number of times by receivers Tommy Streeter and Marlon Brown. Lee's defensive teammates kept giving him support throughout practice, and he ended up with the last laugh by picking off quarterback Caleb Hanie to end practice.
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